Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Five Ways Osteopathy Restores Your Health and Well-Being

Although many people visit an osteopath after having experienced an injury, or as a response to acute or chronic pain, regular osteopathic treatment can also lead to an overall enhancement of your general sense of well-being. In particular, osteopathy is especially effective at restoring your body’s natural sense of balance, because it revolves around a whole-body approach to health that seeks to remove the underlying causes of pain as well as treating more immediate symptoms.

Adelaide osteopath Amber Laris on who osteopathy can restore your well-being
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1. Osteopathy is holistic 

Osteopathic treatment is holistic and as well as addressing specific injuries or complaints, it also works towards towards restoring your body’s natural sense of balance and overall well-being. A programme of osteopathic therapy will therefore also involve an examination of all aspects of your lifestyle, including your life/work balance, the exercise you take and your diet. Osteopathy is based on the principle that all parts of the body should work together in balance, and therefore everything that impedes or inhibits it functioning at maximum capacity needs to be addressed.

Your osteopath will work with you to increase your awareness of how your body moves and functions, as well as helping you to understand how you can minimise the risk of further injury or damage, by looking at your posture, how you sit, and the sort of physical activity you engage in.

2. A whole-body approach to health 

Osteopathy is predicated on helping the body to heal itself. As part of this process, your osteopath will examine and treat the structures in your body that are not functioning correctly, whether this be the result of injury, misuse or deterioration over time. These will include muscles, joints, tendons and soft tissues, as well as your nerve system, lymphatic system, and your blood flow and circulation.

This whole-body approach to health and well-being seeks to discover what is stopping the nervous system from being able to communicate effectively with all parts of the body, and what is therefore causing the discomfort.

3. Osteopathy is non-invasive 

Treatment form an osteopath is non-invasive. Instead, structures in the body that are causing pain and discomfort are treated through manual manipulation of the affected areas, which is designed to increase blood flow, relax the muscles, free up joints and to promote the flow of bodily fluids.

Known as Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), this involves your osteopath applying precise amounts of physical pressure to a specific location on the body—this may be the affected area, but it may also be at another point on the body to which it is connected. OMT sometimes involves a short, forceful movement known as a high-velocity thrust, during which you may hear a clicking or popping noise. This is caused by the releasing of pressure within the joint, and is entirely normal and not in any way painful.

There are a number of other manual therapies that your osteopath may also use as part of your treatment. These include the massaging of soft tissues, the articulation and mobilisation of joints, stretching exercises or a gentle manipulation of internal organs, and all are part of the process of enabling your body to begin to heal itself.

In addition to being non-invasive, osteopathic treatment is painless, and doesn’t involve placing undue stress or exertion on the areas being treated. The only side-effect associated with osteopathy is that sometimes after a session of OMT you might feel some mild soreness in the affected area, not dissimilar to that you experience after some vigorous exercise.

4. Osteopathic treatment is also preventative 

Osteopathy helps you to recover from injuries, but also serves as a form of preventative medicine. Take a knee injury, for example—osteopathy will not only treat the pain and discomfort you’re feeling, but will also help any damaged structures recover in such a way that they become stronger, thereby preventing reoccurrences. Your osteopath will also work with you to show you ways that you can improve your posture and how you use your body during physical activity in order to prevent new injuries and to stop old ones from reoccurring.

This is particularly helpful if you take part in activities that place undue stress on your body, or if your job involves a large amount of physical labour. It is also especially beneficial for pregnant women and can significantly reduce the amount of back pain they experience.

5. Osteopathy is highly personalised 

Osteopathic treatment plans are based around the needs of the individual. At the beginning of any course of treatment, you will discuss with your osteopath your medical history and any accidents or traumas that you may have experienced, as well as your overall feeling of health and well-being.

An osteopath will also give you a physical examination, exploring your bones and joints, as well as your tendons, ligaments and muscles. Your osteopath will also be interested in testing your flexibility in key areas, such as your back, legs and arms, focussing in particular on your spine.

All of the information gained from this diagnosis will then be used by your osteopath to create a personalised treatment plan. They will be able to explain you what outcomes they anticipate for your treatment and how long the course of treatment is expected to last. For some people, this might involve a regular, ongoing treatment plan, while others might require only a few sessions, perhaps followed by periodic check-ups.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Dry Needling—The Health Benefits

Dry needling can be used to treat a variety of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal and orthopaedic problems.

Dry needling is a relaxing and therapeutic procedure
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Trigger Points

Trigger points are taut bands that appear in a muscle and cause chronic or acute pain. They can be caused by repetitive actions and poor posture, or emotional/physical trauma, and the result can be referred pain in other parts of the body. However, dry needling relaxes trigger points and can therefore address associated musculoskeletal dysfunction.

The Process of Dry Needling

Solid filament needles are inserted gently into the trigger point, or affected part of the muscle, in order to relax it. This is done by creating a twitch response (a feeling similar to a cramp), a signal that the muscle is responding and the chemical imbalance responsible for the trigger point is being reduced. As a result, the tension caused by muscle tautness and contraction is reduced and the associated pain and discomfort is relieved.

Dry Needling and Acupuncture

There are a number of differences between dry needling and traditional Chinese acupuncture. In dry needling, needles are inserted, gently manipulated and then removed from the body after a short period of time. This process might then be repeated a number of times. By contrast, in acupuncture, the needles may remain in the body for an extended period. Additionally, the treatment of specific neuromuscular problems is the aim of dry needling, whereas acupuncture is primarily concerned with dealing with energy flow in the body and vital organs.

Safe and Relaxing

Although inserting a needle into a trigger point can sometimes create a slight ache, dry needling is both safe and relaxing. There is no sharp pain, and it is often the case that the needle cannot be felt at all. After a dry needling session, some patients may feel a little fatigued but this doesn't last and people are usually able to carry on with their work day, or exercise, as normal. 

Positive Response

In most cases, response to dry needling treatment is positive and immediate, with muscles feeling less taut and tight, and regaining enhanced freedom of movement. For long-term repair and benefit, however, several sessions may be required because trigger points are frequently found to be under deep layers of muscle and so it may take some time for the effects to be fully felt. 

Dry Needling Treats a Variety of Conditions

A wide range of acute and chronic conditions can be treated effectively with dry needling. These include:

  • muscle tightness
  • headaches
  • shin splints
  • hamstring problems
  • back and neck pain
  • sporting injuries

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Adelaide Chiropractic—Get Your Body Back in Balance

Chiropractic is primarily used to address problems with the musculoskeletal system, and does so in an holistic, drug-free and non-invasive way. Such problems can be the result of significant trauma, or they may be caused by stress or repetitive movement. Chiropractic treats these problems by seeking to restore the body's natural sense of balance, in particular the relationship between the nervous system and spin with the body's tissues, muscles, organs and joints. 

Chiropractic is drug-free and non-invasive and restores the body's natural balance
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Chiropractic enhances flexibility and mobility

Flexibility and mobility can be restored to joints that have been damaged or have suffered deterioration through chiropractic treatment. Tissues and muscles surrounding a damaged area are gently manipulated so that proper alignment of the spine can be restored, thus allowing the nervous system to function at its most effective. 

This alignment is achieved through chiropractic adjustments; a series of specialised techniques involving the application of a gentle, painless thrust to joints where movement is restricted. As a result of chiropractic manipulation, joints are able gradually to return to normal motion and nervous system function likewise improves. 

Chiropractic adjustment

During chiropractic adjustment, a popping noise can sometimes can be heard. This doesn't cause pain or discomfort, and is the result of pockets of gas in the spine being released as the small joint surfaces along the spins are separated as they are manipulated. However, this is a very gentle process and while a mild sense of fatigue may result after a session of chiropractic adjustment, there is no pain and no side effects. 

Chiropractic treatment is personalised

We develop for patients individual, personalised treatment plans that are based on patients' medical history, lifestyle and special needs. This may also involve implementing changes to aspects of your lifestyle and diet that may be responsible for causing or prolonging your condition. We will also advise you on steps that you can take to prevent your complaint being exacerbated, or reoccurring again in the future. 

You can learn more about the benefits of chiropractic treatment here, or patients in Adelaide can contact us to arrange a consultation.

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Adelaide Osteopathy for Children

Kids experience a lot of bumps and bruises as they grow up—around the home, at school or on the sports field. Osteopathy can be very effective in treating these, but it can also help to identify early on potential problems that may become more acute as they grow up.

Osteopathy addresses posture problems

Osteopathic treatment can also provide children with relief from the stresses on their posture associated with carrying heavy school bags, sitting at their desks, or being in front of a computer for extended periods of time. 

A further bonus is that visiting an osteopath will also give children a greater understanding of the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and how they can influence their future health and well-being.

Young bodies can suffer from musculoskeletal strains too

Although young people's bodies are naturally flexible and resilient, they nevertheless can come under a lot of strains and stresses. There are always going to be a few physical knocks along the way, whether they're from playing games or sport, or not sitting properly, or just walking awkwardly.

Young people are also not immune from more severe traumas, such as might occur in an accident or fall, and broken bones and fractures are not at all uncommon. While these can be painful and uncomfortable in and of themselves, such injuries also have the potential to cause longer-lasting problems. Osteopathy can help to ensure that such problems aren't able to develop.

The euphemistically entitled 'growing pains' can also be a sign that posture problems are developing, and while they might not be especially severe now, they could lead to issues later on in life. An assessment by an osteopath can help to identify these and so serve as a form of preventative medicine. 

Benefits of a regular osteopathic assessment

Regular examinations and, if necessary, programmes of osteopathic treatment can therefore be extremely beneficial in uncovering underlying problems early on and reducing their potential future impact. Often a trained outside eye provides a different perspective, and can help children to see that the pain and discomfort they feel, or their poor posture, isn't 'normal' and they can do something about it. It is often the case that the inherent healing ability of a young person's body manages to cover problems up, and as result it may be difficult without specialist advice to pick up on potential long-term damage.

We all know how important flexibility is to being able to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, and so anything that inhibits this in a child, or affects their strength and balance, is likely to impact upon them in later years. This is why early identification and treatment of any musculoskeletal issues is so important. 

Why children respond to osteopathy

Osteopathic treatment is conducted in a calm and gentle environment, and is completely non-invasive and drug free. It is entirely safe and there are no side effects, apart from children feeling as though they've had a very active session of play or a tiring sports match—which is usually followed by a sound night's sleep!

Contact us to find out more

If your child has injured themselves playing sport or in the schoolyard, or is experiencing discomfort as a result of their posture or the way they walk, you should consider an osteopathic consultation to discuss whether treatment might be beneficial.

Please feel free to email us to discuss the situation, or to make an appointment to visit us at our Adelaide CBD practice.

Amber Laris is an Adelaide osteopath who treats both adults and children
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Osteopathic Training in Australia

In order to qualify to practise in Australia, osteopaths are required to undergo a rigorous and thorough training and qualification process.

Osteopaths are Primary Healthcare Professionals

As primary healthcare professionals, Australian osteopaths are able to diagnose and treat patients without their having been referred by their GP.

This also means that many Australian health insurance policies have 'extras' options that cover the cost of treatment by a registered osteopath.

Training and Education for Osteopaths

Australian osteopaths undertake training and education for a minimum of five years. This will usually include a Bachelor's  followed by a Master's degree. Many osteopaths will then complete a Doctorate in Osteopathy as well.

Training for osteopaths involves study in a wide variety of disciplines, such as:

  • medical diagnosis
  • anatomy and physiology
  • osteopathic techniques

Osteopaths in Australia also train so as to be able to undertake medical examinations of the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.

A further central component to all osteopathic training is supervised treatment of patients.

Osteopaths Have Wide-Ranging Experience

The scope of an osteopath's training means that they are able to treat both highly specific injuries and conditions, while at the same time addressing a patient's sense of balance and alignment, as this is often the most effective way of treating common complaints such as fatigue, stress and headaches.

Registration of Osteopaths in Australia

The Osteopathy Board of Australia, in association with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, is responsible for the registering and licensing of osteopaths. As part of their continuing registration, it is also mandatory for all osteopaths practising in Australia to undertake continuing professional development on an annual basis.

Learn More

If you would like to find out more about how osteopaths are trained in Australia, please visit our website, or click here to read our information brochure.

Osteopathy in Adelaide CBD
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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Therapeutic Pillows for a Better Night's Sleep

If you struggle getting a good night's sleep, therapeutic pillows could be the answer. They provide comfort and physical relief by giving support to the spine and head, enabling easier breathing, and this means that you are more comfortable as you sleep. If you're more comfortable, it's easier to fall asleep and easier to remain in a sleep cycle during the night. Additionally, if you're troubled by neck or shoulder pain, therapeutic pillows provide additional support, again enabling you to be more comfortable and to get a better night's sleep.

Varieties of Therapeutic Pillows

There are a variety of different therapeutic pillows available to meet a range of different needs.

Some are designed specifically to give your head and neck support, through having one side higher than the other. This improves your posture because it means your spine is more naturally aligned and so you have a greater comfort level while you sleep. This also promotes easier breathing, good both for sleep and for general health.

Other varieties of therapeutic pillow mould to fit your body shape. This means that your weight is evenly distributed and so you move around less during the night, meaning longer stretches of sleep without interruption. These pillows also have a cut-out section which gives support to your neck while providing relief for your head and shoulders. Such pillows ensure that your airways are free, assisting your breathing and circulation.

If you would like more information on therapeutic pillows, at +Amber Laris we can advise you as to the type that is most suitable for you, and help you to choose a pillow that will enhance the quality of your sleep. Alternatively, you can visit our website to get more information.

Adelaide osteopath Amber Laris can advise you on how to get a better night's sleep
Therapeutic pillows are a great way to ensure a good night's sleep

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Chiropractic and Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint that can have serious effects, both long and short term, on health and well-being. The causes of neck pain are varied, as are the symptoms, and this is why the personalised treatment offered by chiropractic proves effective for large numbers of neck pain sufferers.

How a Chiropractor Approaches Neck Pain 

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free, holistic form of treatment and focusses on restoring the proper functioning relationship between the nervous system and spine, with the body’s bones, organs, joints, tissues and muscles. Chiropractic treatment is premised on the idea that mobility and flexibility can be restored to damaged or deteriorated joints and surrounding tissues and muscles through manipulation or adjustment of the affected area, and is concerned with restoring the proper alignment of the spine so that the body’s nervous system is able to function effectively and without irritation.

Therefore, a chiropractic consultation for neck pain will involve an examination and evaluation of your whole spine, not just the neck. Your chiropractor will also look at your posture and the range of motion you have, to see the ways in which these might be impacting upon you. In addition, your lifestyle, diet and exercise patterns will also be examined so as to determine the ways in which these may have contributed to your condition, as will your medical history. Chiropractic is highly personalised, and so your treatment will take into account all of these factors, as well as the specifics of your complaint.

Chiropractic treatment for neck pain may include manual treatment, which might be a combination of chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy. Chiropractic adjustments involve a gentle, painless directed force being applied to a joint that is experiencing restricted movement in order to help it to regain its normal motion. During a neck adjustment (also known as cervical manipulation), a popping noise might be heard, which is trapped pockets of gas or air being released in the joint, but this is a very gentle process and should not cause any discomfort.

Soft tissue therapy, usually involving chiropractic massage, is used to release tension from the muscles around the affected area so that normal movement and activity is restored. Trigger point therapy is another technique that might be used in addressing neck pain, where the taut bands that develop within muscles and cause pain and discomfort are gently massaged, rectifying the chemical imbalance that created the trigger point and decreasing the tension, which enables the muscle’s normal functions to be resumed.

Chiropractic treatment may also involve rehabilitation exercises designed to help you regain flexibility and return to a flexible, pain-free posture, as well as advice and guidance on how to maintain your proper posture so that further deterioration is avoided.

Neck pain can be successfully addressed through a course of chiropractic treatment
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Thursday, 30 January 2014

How osteopathy can help to address back pain

Back pain is one of the primary reasons that patients seek osteopathic care. Osteopathic treatment can help you to address lower back pain, while your osteopath can also advise you as to steps that you can take to prevent the occurrence of back pain, and to manage an existing condition more carefully.

Our modern lifestyles impact significantly on our back health, whether it be from sitting at a desk or computer all day, the fast pace of life which means we take less exercise, or the trend for carrying shoulder bags and laptop satchels, there is much that we do day-to-day that affects our well-being, in particular the strength and flexibility of our backs.

An osteopath will show you ways to reduce the duration of lower back pain episodes and also to prevent them reoccurring. Your osteopath will be able to offer you personalised guidance and an exercise programme that will show you how to stretch properly and to improve your posture so that you don’t aggravate an existing condition even further.

Osteopathic therapy is a positive way to approach the treatment of back problems because it seeks to remove the underlying causes of pain and discomfort rather than only treating the symptoms. It is non-invasive and seeks to help the body to heal itself by restoring natural balance and enabling it to function properly once more.

In order to find out more about how osteopathy can help you to address back problems, please visit our website or in the meantime read our information brochure below.

Amber Laris provides osteopathic treatment in the Adelaide CBD
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